AERA SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP

ARTS AND LEARNING
BY-LAWS

I . Name

The organization shall be known as the AERA Special Interest Group: Art and Learning (SIG-A&L)

II. Affiliation and Purpose

A. All members of AERA concerned with the role of art in education are urged to affiliate with SIG-A&L. Individuals not menibers of AERA are also welcome to join. SIG-A&L is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Organization.

B. The purpose of SIG-A&L is as follows:

SIG-A&L will bring together discipline specialists, artists, educational theorists, curriculum developers, educational researchers, classroom experts, and policy makers concerned with the role of art in learning and instruction, and will encourage multidisciplinary sessions at AERA. The SIG will provide a forum for a) integration of theoretical and empirical studies of art education, including arts integration, b) discussion of large scale investigations conducted in real education settings, c) exploration of innovative methodologies, including micro-analyses and met-analyses, and d) implications of research for arts education policy at local, state, and national levels.

III. Governments Officers, and Officers' Responsibility

A. SIG-A&L will be governed by an Executive Committee consisting of all of the officers of the organization. In addition, SIG-A&L will have liaisons to other organizations concerned with related educational issues, such as semiotics. There is no restriction on the number of liaisons that SIG: can have. Liaisons will be non-voting members of the Executive Committee.

B. The SIG-A&L officers and their responsibilities are summarized as follows:

1. Past Chair: Assist the chair and chair-elect in their activities, chair the nominations committee for new officers and liaisons, and explore possibilities of holding a special SIG-A&L -meeting either before or after AERA, or in conjunction with some other appropriate meeting.

2. Chair:

Responsibilities: Coordinate approval from AERA and get by-laws established. Maintain responsibilities for all activities of SIG-A&L and provide leadership in all aspects of SIG-A&L activity.

3. Program Chair:

Responsibilities: Chair selection of AERA program for 1991. Maintain responsibilities for all activities of SIG-A&L and provide leadership in all aspects of SIG-A&L activity.

4. Secretary-Treasurer:

Responsibilities: Maintain bank account, collect dues, remind members to pay dues, keep records.

5. Newsletter Chair:

Responsibilities: Put out at least. two newsletters a year. A spring newsletter should indicate -what to submit to the SIG for the AERA program. A winter newsletter should indicate planned activities at AERA and announce who has been nominated for offices.

6. Liaison to SIC on Semiotics:

Responsibilities: Coordinate with SIG on Semiotics. Encourage joint sessions at AERA. Inform members of SIG Semiotics activities.

7. Liaison to SIG:Arts-Based Research:

Responsibilities: Coordinate with SIG:ABR. Encourage joint sessions at AERA. Inform members of SIC:ABR activities.

8. Liaison to :

Responsibilities: Coordinate with . Encourage joint sessions at meetings, inform members about special issues of the , and encourage SIG members to publish in , etc. Inform members of activities.

9. Liaison to :

Responsibilities: Coordinate with . Encourage joint sessions at meetings. Inform members of activities.
 
 

IV. Committees of the SIG

A. The SIG will have a nominations committee and a program committee. The past chair will chair the nominations committee. The nominations committee will consist of the past chair as well as two other individuals that have previously been voting members of the SIG-A&L executive committee. Ideally, these two individuals will be the prior two past chairs of the organization.

B. The Executive Committee consists of the past chair, the chair, the chair-elect, the program chair, the secretary-treasurer, and the newsletter chair. The liaisons to other organizations are non-voting members of the Executive committee. The Executive Committee sets the dues for the organization, can unanimously propose amendments to the by-laws, and approves the annual meeting program for the SIG. In addition, the Executive Committee is charged with jointly pursuing the purpose of SIG-A&L.

C. The Program Committee will be chaired by the SIG-A&L chair-elect. The chair-elect will draft the Call for Proposals for the annual meeting, and the executive committee will approve. The chair-elect will recruit program committee members. In addition, all the officers and liaisons of SIG-A&L will be members of the program committee. The program committee will review proposals submitted to annual meeting. The chair of the program committee will be responsible for synthesizing proposal reviews and finallzing the SIC:EST program for the annual meeting. The past chair, chair, and chair-elect will jointly review the SIG-A&L program for the annual meeting before submitting it to AERA.
 
 

V. Activities, Meetings, Newsletters

A. Activities of SIG-A&L will be initiated by members of the Executive Committee and liaisons to other organizations. Any activities consistent with the purpose of the SIG will be supported by SIG-A&L. Activities involving expenditure of funds require approval of the voting members of the Executive Committee.

B. The SIG-A&L Executive Committee will meet at the AERA annual meeting. The Executive Committee will maintain communication through paper mail and electronically throughout the year.

C. SIG-A&L will publish at least two newsletters a year-one in the spring, calling for submissions to SIG-A&L for presentation at the AERA annual meeting, and one in the fall, summarizing the planned activities at AERA of SIG-A&L and indicating nomination of officers. In addition, the newsletters will serve to build a community of scholars interested in education in science and technology.

VI. Finance, Elections, Ratification, and Amendments

A. The SIG-A&L will charge dues appropriate to cover the costs of the newsletters and membership in AERA. The SIG-A&L bank account will be maintained at AERA by the secretary-treasurer of the organization The level of dues will be set by the Executive Committee. Each year the secretary-treasurer will provide a financial report to the Executive Committee and will propose a budget the Executive Committee. This budget must be approved by the Executive Committee before funds can be expended.

B. Officers will be elected by approval of the membership. The nominating committee will propose nominees for each open office by January 15. The nominated officers will be announced in the SIG-A&L Spring newsletter, which should be mailed to the membership following the annual meeting.

C. Officers can be elected in two ways. The officers can be elected at the annual meeting by a majority vote, or a mail ballot can be carried out. Officers will be elected by tabulating the results of the returned ballots. No matter which system is used, officers for the subsequent year will be announced at the AERA annual meeting.

D. Officers will serve two-year terms. The chair-elect will serve for two years as chair-elect, two years as chair, and two years as past chair. Thus, a chair-elect will be elected every other year, and, then, that person will be involved in SIG-A&L for the next six years in one of these three roles. The secretary-treasurer and newsletter chair will be elected in alternating years for two-year terms. Thus, in 1997, we will be electing a newsletter chair. In 1998 we will be electing a secretary-treasurer.

E. Amendments to these by-laws may be proposed in one of two ways. The Executive Committee can unanimously propose an amendment to the by-laws. Alternatively, a petition from 20% of the dues paying members of the organization may be used to propose an amendment. Amendments will be discussed and voted upon at the annual meeting. Approval by a majority of those attending the annual meeting session will be required to pass an amendment. Alternatively, proposed amendments may be mailed to the membership for approval A majority of those voting will be required for approval of an amendment.